Two East Side student athletes are Athena Award winners

Miranda LaFavor

Jane Lindstrom

The Athena Awards Committee asked St. Paul area schools to nominate their top female athlete for the award. The schools obliged, and 43 girls, representing city and suburban, public and private high schools were selected to receive the award.

The high school seniors were recognized for their athletic achievements at an awards ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, April 20 at the Prom Center in Oakdale — two student athletes from East Side schools were among the winners.


Harding High School 

Miranda LaFavor, of St. Paul, plays both volleyball and softball at Harding High School. LaFavor has received two letters, an all-state academic award, and was named most improved and most valuable player in 2015 for volleyball.

She received three letters, an all-conference award in 2015, and was named most valuable player in 2015 for softball.

Outside of sports, LaFavor is on the math team, Knight Crew, morning announcement crew, in the National Honor Society, is the girl’s basketball manager and a member of the Harding Student Council.

She has been on the A-honor roll all four years of high school and received the Minnesota State High School League Excel Award in 2015.

LaFavor said her post-high school plans are to study journalism around the world. She is the daughter of Lisa Spencer and Mason LaFavor.


Johnson High School

Jane Lindstrom, of St. Paul, is a tri-sport athlete at Johnson High School. She is on the varsity basketball team, the varsity volleyball team and plays golf. 

Lindstrom has lettered four times, was an all-conference award winner as a senior, was an honorable mention in 10th and 11th grades, and was captain the past three seasons in basketball.

She lettered three times, won an all-conference award as a senior, was an honorable mention as a junior, was captain the past two years, and was named most valuable player this year for volleyball. 

Outside of sports, Lindstrom was a first chair trumpet player in honors band for all four years of high school and lettered in grades 11 and 12; was a soloist in jazz band her junior year; and has had her pottery exhibited at the Ordway Arts Exhibit and the Minnesota State Fair.

Lindstrom volunteers at a local pet shop cleaning cages and feeding animals, coached community education gymnastics and volunteered to run the photo booth at prom her freshman and sophomore years. 

She made the A-honor roll from her sophomore to senior year and received academic letters. 


Marjorie Otto can be reached at 651-748-7816 or at Follow her on Twitter at @EastSideM_Otto.

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